Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes and Gregg Berhalter’s Columbus Crew played to a scrappy 1-1 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Here are six things we learned, followed by player ratings, for Sunday matinee between the San Jose Earthquakes and Columbus Crew.
1. Federico Higuain opens up scoring
In the 44th minute, Waylon Francis delivers a solid cross to Federico Higuain to make it 1-0 Columbus. Hector Jimenez also pitched in on the sequence to Higuain. The goal came after nearly one half of stagnant football where both teams came close to scoring, but failed to earn the ascendancy.
2. Even stats through first half
The match stats through halftime show both teams playing an even contest. Columbus have more attempts on goal and duels won, while San Jose have more corner kicks and open play crosses.
San Jose Earthquakes Columbus Crew
6 Attempts on Goal 8
2 Shots on Target 3
3 Shots off Target 2
1 Blocked Shots 3
3 Corner Kicks 1
7 Fouls 5
9 Open Play Crosses 7
2 Offsides 1
1 First Yellow Cards 2
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
17 Duels Won 29
36% Duels Won % 63%
252 Total Pass 228
86% Passing Accuracy % 85%
52.7% Possession 47.3%
3. Chris Wondolowski evens the score
In the 51st minute, Shea Salinas delivered a corner to an unmarked Chris Wondolowski inside the box to even the score at 1-1. The goal is Wondo’s third of the season.
4. Strong performance from Steve Clark
One player that impressed from the Crew was goalkeeper Steve Clark. Despite allowing a goal from Wondolowski, Clark made four big saves to salvage the draw.
5. Yannick Djalo shows flashes of brilliance
As for San Jose, they could have earned the victory if Yannick Djalo was on point with his shooting. Djalo had three shots off target, two blocked shots and a 20 percent dribble success rate. If Djalo can work on his shooting, San Jose will be able to build some solid consistency heading into the meat of their schedule.
6. Columbus dominate the stats but can’t finish
Meanwhile, Columbus ended up dominating a number of stat categories but the lack of a finishing touch prevented the score from favoring the Crew. It also didn’t help that San Jose also had a few trick up their sleeve.
|San Jose Earthquakes||Columbus Crew|
|20||Attempts on Goal||20|
|5||Shots on Target||3|
|11||Shots off Target||10|
|15||Open Play Crosses||25|
|2||First Yellow Cards||2|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|43%||Duels Won %||56%|
|83%||Passing Accuracy %||86%|